The public will get a chance to voice opinions on the environmental impact of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy's proposed $450-million development for Yaphank at a public meeting March 16 in Riverhead.

The proposal, dubbed Legacy Village, would bring more than 1,000 units of housing and a 6,500-seat sports arena to 255 county-owned acres. It's backed by businesses and unions, who welcome the jobs it would bring and the influx of affordbabe housing for young Long Islanders. Local civics and environmental groups say they're concerned about the impact on the Carmans River watershed, while others say the project will generate too many extra students.

Under Levy's plan, a 99-acre high-tech industrial park would also be built on industrial-zoned land adjecent to the county's property.

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The so-called scoping meeting will allow the public to voice their concerns about the envionrmental impact of any potential development on the site and is not specifically tied to Levy's proposal.

For more information on the meeting, call the Suffolk County Planning Department at 631-853-5191.